FIFA's ethics team had been investigating the role played by the
organisation's president, Gianni Infantino, in the Confederation
of African Football's presidential elections before being removed
from office, sources said on Monday.
Swiss prosecutor Cornel Borbely, who was chairman of the ethics
committee's investigatory chamber, had opened an invstigation
into suggestions Infantino might have sought to influence the
election of Madagascar's Ahmad Ahmad as president of CAF in
He and Hans-Joachim Eckert, the German former judge, were removed
from their posts in May.
Contacted by AFP on Monday, FIFA did not provide any reaction.
The investigation stemmed from evidence provided by African
representatives, a source close to FIFA said.
Several African witnesses had been set to travel to FIFA
headquarters in the Swiss city of Zurich but at least one of them
had their summons cancelled after Borbely was removed from his
post, the same source said.
British newspaper The Guardian reported on Sunday that Infantino
was being investigated for claims he had promised, along with
FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura, to accelerate payments of
development money to national football associations if the
presidents voted for Ahmad.
"It is an open secret that president Gianni Infantino and general
secretary Fatma Samoura did everything to get the Malagasy Ahmad
Ahmad elected," another source close to FIFA said.
The same source indicated that Infantino wanted rid of previous
CAF chief Issa Hayatou, who had not backed the Swiss-Italian when
he stood for the FIFA presidency in February 2016.
Cameroon's Hayatou, 70, had been in the post for 29 years and had
been censured by the International Olympic Committee in 2011 for
receiving money from ISL -- the Swiss marketing firm was in
charge of rights for FIFA before going bust in 2001.
"The work in support of Ahmad was carried out by the Congolese
Veron Monsengo, Infantino's Mister Africa," said the same source,
adding that "it was prepared during a visit by Gianni Infantino
That visit took place just before the CAF election.
FIFA announced their decision to remove Borbely and Eckert during
the organisation's congress in Bahrain last month.
Borbely said the decision was "a setback in the fight against
corruption" as there were "several hundred cases" of corruption
The duo were replaced by Colombian magistrate Maria Claudia Rojas
and Vassilios Skouris of Greece, a former president of the
European Court of Justice.